The KMEA circuit, or the Kentucky Music Educators Association, is comprised of bands solely from the state of Kentucky. This is the state circuit that finals with the overall KMEA State Competition to determine the "best bands in the State of Kentucky". In order to compete in this circuit, bands must participate in at least 2 sanctioned shows but no more than 6 KMEA sanctioned shows during the current season. Non-sanctioned shows and preview shows do not count toward this limit.
A band's classification in the KMEA circuit is determined by the school's enrollment numbers, not on the size of the band. A large school with a small band will still be in a higher classification. Using this method of Class ranking, schools on the cusp could possibly change Classes at any given year.
Class AA (the 20% that is next to the smallest)
Class AAA (the middle 20%)
Class AAAA (the 20% that is second largest)
Class AAAAA (the 20% that is largest by school enrollment)
Most KMEA shows include a Preliminary Performance as well as a Finals Performance. During the Preliminary Performance, bands within the same class will compete against each other. at which time some bands may be eliminated from the Finals performance as it usually only includes the top 10 bands from the day. During the Finals performance, all remaining bands will be competing against each other for the top overall scores as well as the Percussion and Auxiliary scores.
Each band is allotted 14 minutes to complete their show, including entering and exiting the field. During this time the band must be able to set up all equipment and props, perform their show, and remove all equipment. Although the band may enter and any time, their 14 minutes begins once the announcer states for the band to "take the field". The judges evaluations will also begin at this time. During the 14 minutes, the band is allowed to perform a 6 to 10 minute show. The show must be at least 6 minutes long but cannot exceed 10 minutes. This show time begins when the announcer says "you may take the field" and ends when the drum major salutes. The remaining 4 minutes can be used to remove all items and players from the field. For every 15 seconds that the band is still occupying the field, the score will be penalized one-half a point.
There are 6 judges for every competition
2 Music Performance
2 Visual Performance
1 Musical Effect
1 Visual Effect
Music Performance – 2 judges (2 x 200 x .1 = 40 possible points)
Visual Performance – 2 judges (2 x 200 x .05 = 20 possible points)
General Effect Music – 1 judge (1 x 200 x .1 = 20 possible points)
General Effect Visual – 1 judge (1 x 200 x .1 = 20 possible points)
Total Score (100 possible points)
Distinguished (superior) 80 – 100
Proficient (excellent) 60 – 79.99
Apprentice (good) 40 – 59.99
Novice (fair) 0 – 39.99
If Prelims and Finals
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each Class during Prelims (others may be given)
Placement by class in Finals. If not split by class, then overall placement.
Percussion, Auxiliary, and Drum Major awards may be given but are not standard. These must be evaluated by separate judges.
Music Performance – Music Performance is divided into 2 sub captions: Musicianship (100 points) and Technique (100 points). Musicianship includes expression, consistency of timbre & sonority, balance & blend, style & interpretation and phrasing. Technique includes tempo & pulse control, clarity and accuracy of intonation, rhythmic interpretation and ensemble cohesiveness. Musical Content and program construction is also assessed by the adjudicator to determine the level of opportunity for the performer to display their skills.
Visual Performance – Visual Performance is divided into 2 sub captions: Quality of Technique (100 points) and Accuracy and Definition (100 points). Quality of Technique includes uniformity of method/style, individual control, projection of style, recovery and understanding of roles. Accuracy and definition includes timing control, form control and interval/spacing.
Music General Effect – Music General Effect is divided into 2 sub captions: Effectiveness of Repertoire (100 points) and Performer Effectiveness (100 points). Effectiveness of Repertoire includes creativity of musical program, pacing/continuity, integration of all elements, range of expression and effectiveness of staging. Performer Effectiveness includes communication of roles, emotional range, performer intensity, projection of style and confidence.
Visual General Effect – Visual General Effect is divided into 2 sub captions: Effectiveness of Repertoire (100 points) and Performer Effectiveness (100 points). Effectiveness of Repertoire includes creativity of visual program, pacing/continuity, coordination/staging, interpretation of visual to audio and use of form, color and movement. Performer Effectiveness includes communication of roles, emotional range and artistry.